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  • Crash victim thanks donors whose blood saved his life

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters, people he had never met but knew had saved his life. The group's members, ranging in age from 20s to 70s, were among nearly 200 people whose donations to the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center last year kept the Internet...

  • Motorcycle crash victim meets donors whose blood saved him

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters Friday, people he had never met but knew had saved his life. The group's members, ranging in age from 20s to 70s, were among nearly 200 people whose donations to the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center last year kept the Internet...

  • NY state advises non-immune after train rider gets measles

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Health officials say a New York college student who now has measles recently traveled across the state on a train. So they want to make people aware while noting that most New Yorkers have been vaccinated against the disease. The state Health Department said Friday that the Bard College student took a 1:20 p.m. Amtrak train...

  • More measles cases found in California

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — More measles cases have been found in California, health officials said Friday. Figures released by the California Department of Public Health showed there are now 91 confirmed cases in the state, up from 79 on Wednesday. Of those, 58 infections have been linked to visits to Disneyland or contact with a sick person who went...

  • BC-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Editors, Wire Editors, Photo Editors, The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend: STAFF FEATURES: OKLAHOMA LEGISLATURE OKLAHOMA CITY — With sliding oil prices expected to deepen a $300 million hole in next year's budget, Oklahoma lawmakers will have to be creative as they attempt to balance a growing list...

  • Nebraska lawmakers seek support for medical marijuana bill

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Four Nebraska senators rallied behind a bill Friday that would legalize medical marijuana, even as the attorney general continues to fight the drug's proliferation. The sponsors of the Cannabis Compassion and Care Act said family members who suffered from chronic illnesses have convinced them to support the bill. And...

  • Health Department: 7 kids, 1 adult positive for tuberculosis

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Seven children and an adult from the Charlotte Central School have tested positive for tuberculosis and will be given antibiotics for nine months to ensure they do not get sick with the disease that usually attacks the lungs, Vermont Health Department officials said Friday. The positive test results came after health...

  • Fitness email stirs controversy at Pennsylvania college

    BRYN MAWR, Pa. (AP) — A small suburban Philadelphia college apologized Friday after it stirred controversy with an email advertising a fitness program to overweight students. Bryn Mawr College, a school with fewer than 2,000 students, sent an email to students recently offering the program for students with an "elevated" body mass index. Entry...

  • VA investigator visits Tomah to meet VA staff

    TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — The lead investigator of a probe into alleged overmedication of military veterans at the Tomah VA Medical Center met with hospital staff Friday to outline the scope of the review. Carolyn Clancy, the VA's acting undersecretary for health, is also looking into allegations of retaliatory practices. The medical center came...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Consumers fuel steady US economy as rest of world struggles WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low energy prices are bolstering confidence that growth will strengthen this year. The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product,...

  • Haslam touts Medicaid plan some in GOP see as 'poisonous'

    SPARTA, Tenn. (AP) — As Gov. Bill Haslam barnstormed the state to promote his Insure Tennessee proposal, he voiced frustration over a series of what he's called red herrings thrown up by his opponents. The Republican governor met with more than 100 lawmakers to tout the program that would cover 280,000 low-income Tennesseans. Many of the same...

  • 'Right to Try' bill would give access to experimental drugs

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two Illinois lawmakers want terminally ill patients to have access to experimental and unapproved treatments. The "Right to Try" legislation, filed Wednesday in the Senate, would allow people with terminal illnesses to contact manufacturers about new treatments if they've exhausted all others approved by the U.S. Food...

  • Auditor: Consumers should get more health care information

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Consumers should have access to more health care information so they can compare prices and quality among providers and procedures, Vermont's auditor said Friday. Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer told the House Health Care Committee that Vermont collects information that could form the backbone of a consumer friendly...

  • White House: Science indicates parents should vaccinate kids

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children. President Barack Obama's spokesman, Josh Earnest, said Friday that decisions about vaccinations should be left to parents, but the science on vaccinations "is really clear." Some...

  • Montana has 10 flu deaths, 395 hospitalizations

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's 2014-15 flu season is already more severe than last year's with at least three months remaining. The Department of Public Health and Human Services says 395 people have been hospitalized with influenza and 10 people have died since mid-December. The report released Friday included data through Jan. 24. During...

  • Officials: NYC 2013 infant mortality rate an all-time low

    NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say New York City's infant mortality rate in 2013 reached the lowest it has ever been in city history though racial disparities persist. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett says falling infant mortality rates are good but babies born to poor mothers are still more likely to die in their first year. Statistics...

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